Lobo Volleyball Hosts Wyoming in Opening Round of Mountain West Tournament
Nov. 15, 2011
Lobo Volleyball - Hosting the Mountain West
Who: Lobos vs. Wyoming
AIR TIME (All Mountain Time):
Friday, Nov. 18
Match #1 - #2 San Diego State vs. #7 UNLV, Noon (The Mtn.)
Saturday, Nov. 19
*Match #5 - Winners of Match No. 1 and Match No. 2, 5 p.m. (live stream via Themtn.tv) (The Mtn.)
Sunday, Nov. 20
Match #7 - Championship Match, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico volleyball team is prepping to host the Mountain West Volleyball Championship this weekend at Johnson Center. The Lobos are ranked No. 5 in the tournament and have drawn No. 4 Wyoming in the opening round. Wyoming beat the Lobos twice during the regular season, meaning UNM will be looking for some redemption.
On the Air ... The Lobos match against Wyoming at 8:30 p.m. on Friday will be televised by the MountainWest Sports Network. The Mtn. will be broadcasting every match of the tournament except the championship match on Sunday, which will be televised by CBS Sports Network. The Mtn. can be found on ch. 276 on Comcast and ch. 616 on DIRECTV. CBSSN can be found on ch. 613 on DIRECTV and ch. 274 on Comcast.
LOBO 2011 SEASON TIDBITS
About New Mexico (14-13, 6-8 MW) ... The Lobos' record is 14-13 and 6-8 in the MW after losing their last two matches to conference rivals Wyoming and Colorado State. This season hasn't gone the way the Lobos expected, but they are hoping to turn things around in the MW tournament. The Lobos will host the tournament this year and will get a chance at revenge when they face Wyoming in their opening match at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. The Lobos still like their chances heading into the tournament even after losing their last two. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, and the Lobos would like to go back for a third-straight time.
Last season, the Lobos made it to the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row. The Lobos hadn't made it to two consecutive postseasons since they did it in the 1993, `94 seasons, which happened to be the end of a five-year postseason run that spanned from 1990-94, and was subsequently the last time the Lobos were in the NCAA Tournament. With the appearance in 2009, the Lobos broke a drought of 14 years between trips to the national post-season. With last year's postseason berth, UNM now has nine trips to the NCAA Tournament (1981, `88, `90, `91, `92, `93, `94, `09, 2010).
Against Wyoming (30-36) ... The Lobos are 30-36 all-time against Wyoming. The Cowgirls beat the Lobos in both regular season matches by scores of 3-0 on Oct. 15 and 3-2 on Nov. 10. The Lobos had beaten the Cowgirls six-straight times up until the two losses this year.
About Wyoming (20-10, 9-5 MW) ... The Cowgirls come into the MW tournament as they No. 4 seed after compiling a record of 19-10 and 8-5 in the MW. The Cowgirls beat the Lobos twice this season by scores of 3-0 and 3-2. Jodi Purdy leads the way for Wyoming and is coming off Player of the Week honors for matches played from Nov. 7-11. Purdy recorded a double-double of 15 kills and 14 digs to go along with five blocks in her last match against UNM.
Rhoades Closing in on Milestones ... Senior Ashley Rhoades recently moved up to No. 4 all-time on UNM's career total blocks list. The senior has 326 blocks, which ties her with Linda Archuleta (1980-82, `84). Rhoades is currently No. 4 all time in block assists at UNM with 263. And, just last match Rhoades moved into the No. 10 spot all time in block solos with 63. She also surpassed the 800-kill plateau for her career. The Rio Rancho, N.M., na- tive currently has 897 kills for her career after having recorded 403 kills so far this season. It is the first time in Rhoades' career she has recorded over 300 and 400 kills in a season. Rhoades also topped the 1,000 points plateau for her career this season.
Williamson Building on New Career Mark ... Kelly Williamson has set a new personal high for kills in a single-season with 360. She crushed her previous high of 296 kills, which she set last season.
Buck Breaks Single-Season Record ... Allison Buck recently broke the Lobos' all-time single-season record in digs. Currently, Buck sits at 524 digs for the season, which breaks her own previous single-season high of 455 digs. Sharon Browning was the all-time single-season record holder with 499 digs. Browning's record had stood since 1992 until Buck broke it this season. Before obtaining the record, Buck had already recorded the second- best season all time with 455 digs.
Buck Breaks Lobo All-Time Career Mark ... Senior libero Allison Buck is now the UNM all-time digs leader, having recorded 524 digs thus far in her final season as a Lobo, giving her a total of 1,593. Buck surpasses former Lobo Gayle Tripp, who recorded 1,578 digs over her great career.
UNM Career Digs
1. Allison Buck 1,593 2008-pres.
2. Gayle Tripp 1,578 2005-08
3. Sharon Browning 1,504 1989-92
4. Lisa Meeter 1,130 2007-10
5. Tania Gooley 1,113 1991-94
6. Alicia Bergmann 1,059 1992-95
7. Maria Gurreri 1,048 1987-90
8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner 1,048 1993-96
9. Nao Ikeda 1,020 1986-89
10. Paula Feathers 1,019 1995-98
Agre Quietly Having Superb Sophomore Season ... Sophomore setter Mariah Agre has consistently been atop the MW in assists this season. She currently ranks No. 3 in assists with an 10.23 assists per set average. She recently went over 1,000 assists on the season and currently sits at 1,033. Agre also has a shot of recording the 10th best all-time single season mark for assists in UNM history if she can catch Sarah Kwasigroch, who recorded 1,068 assists in 2006.
Lobos in the Mountain West ... The Lobos currently rank second in overall digs (16.31) and are third in opponent hitting percentage (.172) in the MW.
Killin' It ... Ashley Rhoades is currently first in the MW rankings for kills per set and points per set. She is averaging 3.88 KPS and 4.50 PPS overall. She set a career single-match high for kills with 31 against Boise State on Oct. 1.
Digging for Gold ... Allison Buck set a new career-high in digs with 36 in UNM's win over Delaware Sept. 17 at the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic. She also had 36 digs in UNM's loss to Wyoming on Nov. 10. The senior is currently second the MW in digs per set with 5.12.
Double-Double Animal Style ... Senior Kelly Williamson and sophomore Mariah Agre lead the Lobos this year in double doubles recorded. Agre is tops on the team with 14, while Williamson has six. The Lobos are 7-9 on the season when a player records a double double.
Homegrown Lobos ... Almost half of the 15 players on the UNM roster are local New Mexicans. Seven current Lobos played at high schools in the state of New Mexico. Ashley Rhoades, Chelsea McCampbell and Jayla Trombley all played at Rio Rancho HS, Chan- tale Riddle (Roswell HS), Jordan Russell (Moriarty HS), Ashley Newman (St. Pius X) and Miquella Lovato (Pojoaque HS).